Girls, Women, and Alcohol

Girls, Women, and Alcohol

The Center of Alcohol Marketing and Youth in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presents some very interesting facts and studies about the consumption of alcohol among girls and women:

“Women metabolize alcohol differently than men. When women and men of the same body weight drink the same amount of alcohol, women reach higher peak blood alcohol levels.

In a study using BRFSS data from 1991-2005, the prevalence of pregnant women ages 18-44 reporting any alcohol use while pregnant was 12.2%. 1.9% of these pregnant women reported binge drinking while pregnant.

It is estimated that teenage girls who binge drink are up to 63% more likely to become teen mothers. Early initiation of alcohol use also increases the likelihood that a teen mother will drink during pregnancy.”

http://www.camy.org/factsheets/sheets/Women_Girls_and_Alcohol.html

For more information on the consumption of alcohol among youth in general visit their website:

http://www.camy.org

Dispelling Myths About Alcohol Related Birth Defects – A Documentary

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, avoid alcohol. If you are using alcohol, avoid pregnancy. Alcohol and unprotected sex don’t mix!

This is a 40 minute documentary produced by the University of North Carolina Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies in 2001 with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Interviews with leading scientists and researchers in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder provide compelling evidence to clarify the controversies about alcohol use among childbearing age women.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TnYC7KtM34

Did you know…

…that 50% of pregnancies in the U.S. are UNPLANNED?

…that teen age and young adult women binge drink more today than young men?

…that alcohol causes “disinhibited” sexual drives and promotes UNPROTECTED SEX????

…that unprotected sex and alcohol use can cause brain damage and psychiatric issues in babies BEFORE you know you’re pregnant????

…that lower IQ’s, birth defects, and other problems happen as early as 2-8 weeks after CONCEPTION?

Organogenesis

IF YOU DON’T KNOW, YOU SHOULD!!!!

PROBLEM:

Each year in the United States alone, 40,000 babies are born with intellectual disabilities, learning problems, attention deficits, autistic-related issues, and behavior issues known as “Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure.”  Unintentional exposure to a fetus before pregnancy recognition is an unfortunate and inevitable outcome of drinking and unprotected sex.  It’s not just “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” we need to worry about!

SOLUTION:

Given the data about unintended pregnancy and prevalence of alcohol use among childbearing age women, we believe warning messages should be clearer: “If you use alcohol, don’t get pregnant.  If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, don’t use alcohol.”